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Buhari’s Body Language; Louder Than His Voice

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ElevateNews takes a look at President Muhammadu Buhari’s body language as it defines governance on the country.

There is no doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari will go down the memory lane as one Nigerian leader that lacks the oratory language.

He finds it so difficult to express himself. He prefers to keep quiet so that he is not misunderstood.

His academic credentials have been queried many times, yet he remains our president because there is no vivid evidence that he did not go to school.

In spite, Buhari rode on integrity to become Nigerian President in 2015. As at today, his integrity is being queried due to his undue silence against some corrupt characters in his All Progressives Congress and cabinet.

Buhari’s body language is louder than his voice. This was obvious in his first term in office. Despite the arrays of quality people in his cabinet, the administration failed to perform as expected by Nigerians.

The president’s slow pace of waiting for six months to appoint his ministers contributed so much to the slow takeoff of a regime that made so much noise against corruption but did little to improve the economy of a nation.

During his first term, some of his ministers complained secretly but lacked the courage to advise him. They did not like his method, yet they were in government for four years.

Some of them have been reappointed to work in the government whose leadership they do not really believe in its capacity to deliver.

Buhari is failing because of a Federal Executive Council that is lacking in the courage to challenge the president’s body language. Buhari’s speech is written but his character is the opposite of what he says.

It was clear that two men ruled Nigeria in the last four years and they were the former Chief of Staff Abba Kyari and the ex-Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Both worked by Buhari’s body language, not by his speech and instructions. The policies and agenda of the APC were not followed. The party cracked as many defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

During this period, the former Party National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun was removed while the former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole took over.

The National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who had early been boxed to a corner by the Buhari’s Mafia was called back to rescue the party from total collapse.

He was appointed by Buhari to lead the party’s reconciliation committee. While trying to do so, some of the party leaders, including the former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki accused Tinubu of trying to sell his own personal agenda to contest in 2023.

Some APC members could not stand this, so they left for PDP.

I guess Buhari must have learnt one or two lessons on why his government failed in his first term. About a week ago, he said that he would allow the party agenda to dominate his second term.

If this happens, the ministers must work without watching the body language of the president. As we await the proper takeoff of this government, one can only hope that Buhari’s voice will be louder than his body language.

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